Rafael Santana – Sitio San Jose
Farm: Sitio Sao Jose Farmer: Rafael Santana – Young Farmers Project
Country: Brazil State: Minas Gerais Region: Mantiqueira
Altitude: 1200m Variety: Yellow Catuai
Processing: Natural – Raised Bed
full body Dark chocolate with some
blackberry sweetness – Notes of spice and cinnamon
Sitio Sao Jose is a small farm located at Mantiqueira, Minas Gerais. The property belonged to
Rafael’s grandfather and passed on to his father. Rafael is a young farmer who has been
helping his father for the past 10 years.
This microlot went through a washing machine to remove any defects. It was then put on
raised beds for 5 days and being stirred 8 times a day to avoid fermentation. Coffee was then
placed in a static box for 12 hours at cold temperatures and changed to 40 degrees for 12
hours. Finally, it was placed in the rotary dryer for 8 hours at 60 degrees. It rested for 2 days
before receiving the final processing. Rafael explains the secret of truly special coffee is to
process in the right time, without rush.